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Versature came into existence after founder Paul Emond came across communication challenges with existing phone systems and the costs associated with making long distance phone calls. This surmounting issue is what drove Versature into the VoIP market and ultimately inspired development of "a better phone solution". In 2005, this idea evolved into a full-fledged hosted VoIP phone service that now serves over 950 Canadian cities and a growth rate of 55% year over year.
Versature offers three (3) value-packed plans starting at $29.99 per user per month for businesses with 6 or more users (and with a 12 month term). Each plan, called the Essentials (from $29.99/mo), Professional (from $34.99/mo), and Enterprise (from $44.99/mo) plans, offers different amounts of long distance calling, toll-free usage, conference bridge usage, and call queues/ring groups. The Essentials plan includes unlimited local calling, whereas the other two plans include unlimited Canada and USA calling. Versature also includes complimentary Polycom VVX 300 phone rentals with these plans and there are various hardware upgrade opportunities available, eliminating much of the overhead costs associated with switching service providers.
A specially priced package for small businesses is available which they call their Small Business Starter Kit. This serves as an all-in-one bundle for businesses with up to 5 users for a total of $130/month. This plan does not include the complimentary phone rental but does boast competitive long distance rates and includes business phone features like an Auto Attendant and call queues.
All Versature plans include features such as voicemail, voicemail-to-email, voicemail transcription, call forwarding, Versature Smart Answer, find me - follow me, three-way call conferencing, Auto Attendant, ring groups, and call queues. Versature also provides each user with access to their suite of leading cloud integrations, including a Salesforce integration which allows users to quickly and easily log call details, a Slack integration for live call monitoring and collaboration, a Klipfolio integration for data mashup and visualizations, a Google Chrome integration for advanced Social Caller ID screenpops and click-to-dial functionality, as well as an open API for custom integrations of any type. Call recording is also available for an added fee of $10 per month.
An online portal, called Sonar, is available to users for configuring features and more. Different permission roles are available for different levels of access (so you can control what employees can access), including an Office Manager view, and End User view, a Call Center Supervisor view, and a Call Center Agent view. Live call data and analytics are also available to Office Managers and Call Center Supervisor roles.
Versature has a Service Level Agreement (SLA) in place, promising to credit customers on a per user basis should the service ever experience a shut down of 30 minutes or more. This is always nice to see, as it highlights the company has confidence in the reliability of its service. Their TRUST initiative also provides live and historical system status updates for all to see.
On the support side, initially it looks like the FAQs are more sales related than support. However, it turns out Versature has a 611 feature for customers. Simply calling 611 from your phone will get you through to their Canadian based bilingual support department. Each new client is provided a dedicated point of contact to guide them through the setup and implementation process, including phone number ports, Auto Attendant configuration, and training of the platform to make onboarding a smoother experience.
Versature is not the cheapest solution out there, but they do offer value for money and honor the old saying "you get what you pay for". If your business works with companies outside of your location and Canada, it may make more sense to purchase the Professional plan as this is the best value for regular calling to the continental United States.
The lowest prices advertised require a 12 month term. The assumption here is that a month to month contract may cost you a few extra dollars per month. We always recommend getting a custom quote and talking to the provider to get exact pricing for your exact needs.
Some of the additional fees for feature add-ons are a little pricey compared to market standards. For example, Fax-Over-IP costs $29 monthly. Local number ports are currently $60 per number.
Overall, Versature appears to be a company that focuses on customer satisfaction and trust. The service is focused more on businesess that need 6 or more phones, from SMB's to Enterprises, and located across Canada. If your business falls into those categories then Versature are definately worth your consideration. Pricing is a little on the higher end of the spectrum but the service includes a solid feature set as standard plus some specific integration features that many providers do not offer, resulting in a value for money product and service.
Versature reviews are listed in chronological order.
#1 : Tim : DEC 29th, 2014
My business mainly makes local calls so the regular plan works great for me. The price is reasonable and saving me over landline service.
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